In the Pit thread on the Rhode Island concert fire, our friend Ace of Swords is kind enough explain how he would have he would have been more effective than the 96 people who died were he trapped in the fire. With his super-sharp powers of perception, he would have observed the potential risks, and at the first sparks would have exited promptly, calmly and safely at the nearest exit. The mere three minutes between the initial pyrotechnics and the venue’s being engulfed in flames would have been plenty of time for our man of action.
Contrast his amazing situational awareness and reaction time with that of the “hapless weak rock fans” that were actually at the concert:
Ace further has the fortitude to demand that others adhere to his high standards of perceptiveness and decisive action. He holds no sympathy for who have not honed their skills to his level, and were unable to escape within the three minute window. Rather, his concern extends to those who do not have the resources to achieve his level. As he puts it in his post:
Lest you think that Ace would wilt under challenge from those lesser mortals who doubt that he would have the foresight to deal with whatever might come up, in a later post he assures us that:
Although he does allocate blame to the club and management, he carefully advises us on the faults of the concertgoers, so we may avoid their mistakes:
Ace, with your superior skills in assessing danger and amazing reaction speed, along with your sympathy for those who don’t share your advantages, it sure was a shame that you weren’t among those caught in the burning nightclub.